When Benjamin Bratt returns to Modern Family later this season as Manny’s biological father, he won’t be alone.
Ex-Criminal Minds leading lady Paget Brewster has been cast as Javier’s new girlfriend, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Brewster’s character, Trish, possesses upper class sophistication and book smarts. (Cue the fireworks with Javier’s ex, Gloria in 3, 2, 1…)
This is Brewster’s second major TV stint since wrapping her six-year Criminal Minds run last year. In September, she guest-starred on Law & Order: SVU — which, like Modern Family, also airs opposite Criminal Minds — as the head of the District Attorney’s Office’s Public Integrity Unit.
Gloria’s family is coming to town on Modern Family!
Elizabeth Pena, whose credits include La Bamba and Rush Hour, has been cast as Gloria’s (Sofia Vergara) mother, while Stephanie Beatriz (The Closer) will portray Gloria’s sister, TVGuide.com has confirmed. TVLine.com first reported the news.
The actresses will appear in Episode 12, “Fulgencio,” which oddly showed up as a baby name possibility when we searched it online. Could this be the name of Gloria’s impending baby?
Modern Family airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on ABC.